Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificates


Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificates: A Series of 3 Tests

1.Test 1: Basic Skills Testing, PAPA or CORE (Choice of 1 of these series of tests)

Teacher Education Majors (TEMs) must pass through the Gate 1.In order to do this, a variety of requirements must be met.One of these requirements is the successful completion of a series of Basic Skills assessments (much like the SAT- reading, writing, math). Four options may fulfill the Basic Skills assessment requirement. TEMs may take either the PAPA (Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment) http://www.pa.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/PA001_TestPage.htmlOR the Praxis CORE (Core Academic Skills for Educators)https://www.ets.org/praxis/register/ .In order to register for one of these tests, students should go directly to the test providers' website (listed above).It is up to each student to decide which Basic Skills test to take (PAPA or Praxis CORE). It is recommended that students research both tests before making a decision.There is test information and practice materials available on both test provider sites (above). Students may be exempt from taking the PAPA or the Praxis CORE if they have a qualifying score on the SAT of 500 or higher in each category or ACT scores of 22 in Reading and 21 in Writing and Mathematics.The Basic Skills assessment is waived for all certificates (as of November 1, 2014), if the applicant completed an approved post-baccalaureate certification program or if a student holds a post-baccalaureate graduate level degree.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Educators applying for an initial undergraduate Instructional or Educational Specialist area license are required to pass a basic skills test.

To Be Certified in

You Need to Take

Test Code

Qualifying Score

All Areas, except for Vocational Education

Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)Register Here:

http://www.pa.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/PA001_TestPage.html

(Reading 8001;Math 8002;Writing 8003) –a minimum score of 220 is required in Reading and and Writing.A 193 is required in Math.The minimum composite score is 193 (R), 197 (M), and 192 (W) respectively with a total composite score of 686.Candidates must achieve a Qualifying score in at least one PAPA area AND also reach the minimum Composite Score Total of 686 when all three test scores are added together.

or

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has authorized the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests as an alternative to the PAPA.Register for this test here: https://www.ets.org/praxis/register/

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading

5712

156

and

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing

5722

162

And

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (On-screen four-function calculator provided.)

*A composite score option does exist

5732

142

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (5712, 5722, 5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5751) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).

Test 2: Content Area Testing, PECT or Praxis (depending on certification)

After successfully completing the Basic Skills assessment (first series of certification tests;either the PAPA or the Praxis CORE) and passing the other Gate I requirements (48 credit hours, 3.0 GPA, 3 credits of English Literature, 3 Credits of English Composition, 6 credits of mathematics, clearances, Introduction to Education), Teacher Education Certification Candidates (TECC) are on track to student teach.In order to student teach, Gate II requirements must be fulfilled.These requirements include a 3.0 GPA, clearances, and successful completion of coursework.Although not required until a student seeks certification, MU recommends that all students successfully pass the second series of Pennsylvania assessments (PECT or Praxis) directly before student teaching.Students seeking certification in Early Childhood Elementary Education PreK-4 or in both ECEE PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8 will need to take the PECT exam (see chart below for specifics). Teacher Education Certification Candidates seeking K-12 certification or 7-12 certification will need to take the Praxis (see chart below for specifics).

*** Please note that this information may change as PDE directs.Always check PDE's webpage before taking any tests.

Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificates: Second Series of PA Tests

PECT (PA Educator Certification Test) or Praxis Content Test(s)

http://www.pa.nesinc.com/

http://www.ets.org/praxis/pa

A Educator Certification Tests

Praxis Content

PROGRAM

Subject Area

Area

Code

PECT

PreK-4 Test Code

Minimum

Passing

Score

PECT

Special Ed

PreK-8 Test Code

Minimum

Passing

Score

0511/5511

Fund Subjects

CONTENT

KNOWLEDGE

Minimum

Passing

Score

Specialty

Area

Test

Code

Minimum

Passing

Score

BM.ME Music Ed

Music K-12

7205

5511

150

5113

158

BSE.AE Art Ed

Art K-12

1402

5511

150

5134

158

BSE.CH Chemistry Ed

Chemistry 7-12

8420

5245

154

BSE.ECEE PreK - 4

PreK - 4

2825

Mod 1/8006 Mod 2/8807 Mod 3/8008

197 193 193

BSE.ECSE PreK - 4 &Special Ed

PreK - 4 &Special Ed Pre-K-8

2825&9226

Mod 1/8006 Mod 2/8807 Mod 3/8008

197 193 193

Mod 1/8011 Mod 2/8012

220 220

BSE.EN English Ed

English 7-12

3230

5038

167

BSE.ESS Earth & Space Sci Ed

Earth &Space Science 7-12

8440

5571

157

BSE.MA Mathematics Ed

Mathematics 7-12

6800

5161

160

Special Ed PreK-8 Added Only

Special Education PreK-8

9226

Mod 1/8011 Mod 2/8012

220

220

BSE.SSH History (Soc Stu) Ed

Social Studies 7-12

8875

5081

157

Reading Specialist

Reading Specialist K-12

7650

5511

150

5301

164

Library Science

Library Science K-12

6420

5511

150

5311

151

General Science

General Science 7-12

8450

5435

146

Please note that MU does not currently offer Special Education 7-12;this certification can only be added to an existing or 7-12 or aK-12 certification

7/22/15

Test 3: Performance Based Assessment, Student Teaching

Student teaching is the final assessment (performance based) for Pennsylvania's Instructional I Certificate.Successful completion of student teaching is documented on the PDE430 form.This form represents the student's performance and is completed by the University supervisor twice (formative and summative) during student teaching.

Teacher Education Certification Candidates (TECC) who successfully complete student teaching and pass the two sets of assessments (as outlined above) will be able to apply for certification through TIMS (PDE's on-line application process) when they have met all of the Gate and course requirements.Information about the TIMS process can be found at

http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20–%20Administrators/Certifications/Pages/default.aspx#.VZrWIzh7GUk

Students seeking to apply for certification should spend time reading about the application process prior to logging into TIMS.The above link will provide helpful information that will be needed to navigate TIMS.Please do not attempt to apply for certification through TIMS without first viewing the User's Guide provided (at the above link). It is important to record an accurate GPA on the certification application.Do not round the GPA.An incorrect GPA

could potentially delay an application.Note: Students should not complete the TIMS application process until their degree is conferred.